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This summer I went to the Canary Islands with my friends. We did a lot of things there; we went to the swimming pool, partying, to the dune beach, and to the aqua park party...
Also, one day we went to one beach where there were a lot of water sports and we practised the motorskying, parasailing and a los of things.
Finally we come back to Spain with hangovers and our bodies very pained becouse we fell many ...
We have been working hard to prepare for the Atlantic crossing.
Geoff has become an expert supermarket shopper (watch out Mary!) with the fantastic support of Diane.
Tim has been working on all matters to do with the boat and especially our navigation equipment. We have a yellow brick tracker on board which will be transmitting our position on a regular basis to the arc website http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventf leetviewer.aspx
Peter has ...
Das Wetter wird endlich etwas besser!
Wir entscheiden uns für einen Landgang, der erst mal im Shoppingcenter unterbrochen wird.
Denn es fängt mal wieder an zu regnen bei schwulen 25°C .
um unsere Füsse etwas zu schonen und trotzdem viel von der Stadt zu sehen, haben wir uns den nächsten roten Doppeldecker geschnappt, für eine kleine ...
... filled the sails and the trip was done entirely by motor. But the seas were calm, beautiful and brimming with life. Over the three days we enjoyed indian cuisine, attempted at fresh fish and conversations covered a wealth of topics. We saw the odd turtle enjoying the sunshine and a beautiful and lively pod of 12 dolphins came to dance in the bow wave. In the distance we saw the blow hole signs of whales, the tail up the air display and the odd riding fin.
... and the Gauchos (White and blued eyed). No one knows where the Gauchos came from; but they were all exterminated when the Spanish arrived in the late 15th century. The Spanish has held the Islands since that time. They have and continue to be a stopping off point for ship transport to the New World. Franco launched the Spanish Civil War with a radio address from his exile in the Canary Islands.
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Greco Apartments Puerto Rico
This Hotel is easily the best one in Puerto Rico great staff, clean rooms fab views and a quiet location the only thing wrong is you have to check out at 12pm which when you have a flight at 2am the following morning is not so great but the reason is it isTHE hotel everyone wants to stay in
we got allocated on arrivel couldnt believe this hotel all i can say is brill the staff was brill maids too always cleaning towels changed every day bed linen every 2 days they even did your washing up would go again if you want some good food go to the cafe sol down by the harbour the owners tony & sam are brill sam is a very good cook and she will make you any thing evens if its not on the menu
Stayed there AOA and were delighted with location, cleanliness, staff, restaurant, everything was just perfect. We liked it so much we are booked again for May 2006. Although it is costing us more this time we don't care. l have been to Puerto Rico 6 times and these are the best apts yet.
We had a Suite... fantastic
We are just back from a week in Puerto Rico and i thought it was excellent. We booked the Suite, only by chance as it must have been a cancellation and it was fantastic.Our tranfer time was about 45 min and we didnt have any other stop off as we were on the bus with the guests from Marina Suites and we were first. On arrival they do ask for the €150 deposit, but we knew that anyway so we were prepared. They took our passports and kept them overnight. We asked ourselves for the safety deposit box we had to pay €14 euro and then €12 euro deposit so €26 in total. we got back the deposit on departure.. The suites are very big and well equipped. We had two rooms,one with a double bed and one with two single beds. Loads of wardrobe space, two showers and an nice kitchenette with living room space. It was spotlessly clean. We had a welcome bottle of water in the fridge when we arrived. The suite was no 3 and other guests we spoke to said that suite no 1 is noisy from the kitchen, which i can imagine as they get the kitchen and dining area ready early even though the restaurant isnt open till 7pm.
The suite overlooked a little garden with a fountain, it was noisy but it didnt really disturb us. The suites are fully airconditioned, but you have to ask for the remote control at reception. I dont think the apartements have aircon.
You are only a hop/skip from the beach, but the water was very stoney but a must for cooling down. There are 2 pools at the El Greco, i prefered the smaller one,it was like your own private pool. The bigger one is a bit noiser.The food in the snack bar was very good. We ate in the Grill twice and enjoyed it both times, staff very nice. We also ate in Pagoda Chinese Rest in the shopping area to the right, nice but not outstanding.. Rembrants was very nice. We didnt go to La Paloma or Oscars.. we heard differnent views from others and found Rembrants nice so stayed there. We liked that we were 10-15min walk from the main commercial centre. Very easy to walk there and back. The lucky lucky men are a bit annoying but you get that in most resorts. The people trying to get you into restaurants/pubs are polite if you just smile & say no thankyou...most of the time.
There is beautiful scenery from the marina, and we enjoyed the walk to amadores.. but if you are afraid of heights dont walk to near the wall! Long drop down.
I thought PR was a fantastic place, good food, good pubs, great beach great apartments. I will def go back
Great views great location
Just returned from a week with my daughter at the El Graco apartments and I have to say, that after reading all the reviews I could before I went, I was left feeling a little dissapointed. BUT...I have never stayed in self catering apartments before,and, the general opinion from other guests there was that this is a good place to stay as apartments go. Perhaps after years on the road in top hotels I was expecting too much.
So, the apartments. Well, they are clean, comfortable, and have everthing you need them to have, and are very near eveything you need them to be near. I had a two bedroom for myself and my daughter with a balcany overlooking first the pool and then the beach just over the road. This room sleeps up to five...but I wouldn't do that unless I really had to... 4 max I think. Rooms are cleaned daily if you want them to be, and sheets are changed at least once a week. We found the beds hard and uncomfortable you may not, and we needed more pillows...again you may not. We ate there only once and didn't like it, but we never gave it another chance, however, the restaurant was always busy. There is no bar for night time drinks- a british thing I think.
Hope the following on the El Greco and the resort in general helps:
Transfer time is 45 mins but that depends on the hotel run, we had 4 drop offs before ours. You will have to set aside 150 euros deposit for the room or leave your credit card details, you will get it back if you don't break stuff. Guests come and go sometimes at 3 in the morning and if you are close to this movement it is noisy. No air conditioning, a fan will cost you 20 euros a week, and they sell you a 'hire' of a safe almost as soon as you hit the reception desk! And! Everywhere you go it's the hard sell. It starts with the guy drumming up business for the hotel restaurant (and you can't escape him) and goes on all along the front. Stop at a menu, and unless you know what you want and move on, they will have you sat at a table before you can say, well, anything really they don't want you to talk. Same goes on in the markets and with the trips in land and out to sea. Beware, if like us, you are knew to this kind of holiday. It's fun once you are clued up to it all. Pool area: if you like this stuff it's wonderful. Has a bar for drinks and food, and the restaurant man is there also, does a double shift daily unless he has a twin. They say you cannot reserve sunbeds, but get your towels there after 9am and, well, you have a reservation...no one moves them. a british thing I think. Great for the kids to play safe, and you to sun safe. Two beaches, one a hop and a skip away, the other 20mins walk. Be prepared to meet a lot of british people both at the hotel and the resort, at one point I forgot I was on holiday! TV Footy fans, live and recorded, are well looked after round the resort, one place had three matches going at once plus a TV for the cricket fans!
Beautiful hotel shame about the noise
Arrived at 4am sunday morning,tired after one of the longest transfers we have ever had.These apartments were booked late deal through a reputable travel company.First shock was you had to pay an extra 150 euros(approx 100)deposit before you were given the keys to your room there was no prior knowledge of this.The room was massive had microwave,grill hob,perculator,toaster, fridge...and a kettle.We had room 118 it is an end apartment on the first floor it has the largest balcony of them all with sun most the day looking out on the roof top garden there were two sunbeds on the balcony and table and chairs.The hotel has two pools a small one and another one a bit bigger with a pool bar.The room was kept really clean and the staff very friendly..you could put up a no disturb sign if you wanted a lie in.The apartments are in a great location just across the road from puerto rico beach..when they have re -done the bar and resturant and laundry room it will be a great place to stay.However our break was ruined because of the hotel building work going on,at 8.30 am almost everyday..drilling and cutting blocks(nightmare)so we had sadly little chance to enjoy a sunbathing session,or peaceful breakfast on our balcony.You are close to a handful of eating places.there is a lovely bar with a fantastic view(harbour lights)serving fosters beer overlooking the sea and harbour.Head right from the hotel dodge the guys sellling cameras go up the stairs its next to the chemist.also there is a very popular ? eating place called oscars pretty with candles on the tables...but wow the prices..forget it if you are saving your euros.If you are booked to stay at the el greco be warned about the temporary discomfort and it was not possible to keep the room on past 12 oclock mid-day..a long time to walk the resort..prior to a 2 am flight.
My friend and I booked our holiday 72 hours before we flew to Gran Canaria. We paid approx £160 for an allocation on arrival holiday - we didn't even know what area of Gran Canaria we would be placed at.
When I first heard the name of the 'El Greco' apartments, I was a little worried because it sounded like something off Eldorado! However, we arrived at the apartment and I was extremely surprised/pleased.
The cleanliness is second to none - the maids visit you every single day, disinfect/scrub your bathroom, give you new clean sheets on your bed and amazingly do your washing up! I don't know whether that is in their job description but they certainly did it for us.
The El Greco grill (own restaurant) is brilliant. The majority of the food is cooked right in front of you and the waiters are so friendly.
My friend and I are mid 20's in age and we welcomed the fact that there were mostly adults staying at the apartment - the pool area is a place of peace and quiet whereby most people laze around and soak up the sun.
Lastly, the best thing about these apartments is the location. Puerto Rico is basically one large hill/mountain (whatever you want to call it) and most apartments there are built on the actual hill itself. This means that to get to the beach or the shops you have to walk a long long way! El Greco however was across the road from the beach. Apparently it is only 20 metres from the beach itself. Excellent stuff if you do have children, if you are mature in age or if you are young and you have come in at 4 o'clock in the morning trying to remember where you are staying!
All in all, I would highly recommend these apartments. I will definitely be going there again.
i stayed at the el greco apartments for a week over christmas with my partner and 6 year old daughter, the apartments were very clean well equipt and in a great location. the beach was 20 seconds away there were lots of bars and shops nearby and plenty of things for us to do. the staff spoke very good english and were very helpful, there were 2 pools in the hotel one which was heated. there were 2 pool tables to keep the children entertained and the pool snack bar served excellent food at very low prices. i was very pleased with my stay at the el greco and am looking forward to going back this year.
Fantastic self catering acccomodation. Quiet yet close everything you'll need for a great holiday. Perfect for families and couples alike. They do book up early so dont ponder over them too much-- Just Book them. We loved them and Im pretty sure you will too !!
best apartments in puerto rico. we have been going to puerto rico for the last 15 years and first stayed at el greco 2years ago. the staff/receptionists are extremely helpful. apartments are well equiped and very clean. we would recommend el greco to anyone, our party included babies, toddlers, 20-30 years and 50-60 years. suitable for all